The Australian Labor Party has made marriage equality a part of its policy platform.

And Prime Minister Julia’s push for a marriage equality conscience vote for Labor MPs has been successful.

Marriage Equality activists have hailed today’s decision by the ALP to support same-sex marriage, with Australian Marriage Equality National Convener, Alex Greenwich, saying:

“The momentum towards achieving marriage equality is unstoppable,” Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich said.

Greenwich said a major obstacle to reform has been removed thanks to the efforts of tens of thousands of ordinary Australians.

“Today is a day of celebration for those ordinary Australians – gay and straight, young and old, city and country – who have called out for equality and had their voices answered,” he said.

“We are disappointed Labor MPs have been given a conscience vote, but the momentum for change is unstoppable because marriage equality is an issue which resonates with fundamental Australian values like fairness and inclusion.

“A major obstacle to reform has been removed and we are prepared to face the new challenge we have been given of achieving reform with a Labor conscience vote.”

Greenwich said there is more support for marriage equality in Coalition ranks than many people believe and called on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to allow his parliamentarians a conscience vote.

“Marriage equality is not about left versus right, it is about love and commitment, which are values we all hold dear,” Greenwich said.

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